Natural, healthy teeth are meant to last a lifetime. But when tooth decay or accidents happen that damage a tooth, the doctors at Dental Access in Arlington, Texas, can help with a variety of restoration techniques like dental crowns. Book your next appointment online or call the office.
A dental crown is a “cap” that fits over a damaged tooth and serves as a restoration technique by strengthening the tooth or improving its shape and appearance. Dental crowns can be made from a variety of materials, although most crowns are made of either ceramic or porcelain fused to metal.
The most common reasons Dental Access places a crown are to:
One of the great things about dental crowns is that there are a wide variety of natural-colored crowns. Dental Access can help you pick the correct color so that your crown will match your neighboring natural teeth.
Typically it takes one or two appointments to permanently place a dental crown.
During your first visit, the Dental Access team examines the tooth and takes X-rays, if needed. The goal of this appointment is to prepare the tooth for the permanent crown and to make an impression that’s used to “mill” the crown. He cements a temporary crown in place while you wait a week or two for the new crown to be made.
After the new crown is ready, we remove the temporary crown and puts the new crown in place. He may need to make slight adjustments to ensure that you have a proper bite. This appointment typically takes one to two hours.
With proper care, crowns can last between five and 15 years. The actual lifespan depends on taking care of your teeth through good oral hygiene at home and keeping your regular six-month dental appointments. To keep your dental crown in tip-top shape, try not to chew ice or bite into hard candy or popcorn, and don’t use your teeth to tear packaging.
The team at Dental Access in Arlington, Texas has experience restoring and protecting teeth with crowns. Call today or book your next appointment online.